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A mother speaks out against competitive bidding

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04/30/2002

MIAMI — It's one thing to hear the state's providers talk of the adverse affects the Medicaid competitive bidding project could have on beneficiaries.

O2 Science goes on acquisition binge

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04/30/2002

PHOENIX, Ariz. — O2 Science is growing so fast it's hard to keep track of the start-up respiratory company, if it can still be called a start up.

Scooter prices slip far, fast

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04/30/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine — Asian mobility manufacturers began dropping the dealer price-points on scooters and power chairs earlier this year to levels that some rivals call predatory, that some say have precipitated a scooter war and that some dealers call great.

CareCentric/Fastrack build for e-CMNs

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04/30/2002

SCHENECTDETY, N.Y. — Both CareCentric and Fastrack said they would build modules to let customers launch Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMNs from inside their systems.

Aggressive audits rankle providers

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — If the DMERCs have become hyper-aggressive in their auditing tactics, as industry watchers claim, it's news to the medical directors.

CMS ready to roll with wheelchair demo

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — It appears CMS will finally be ready to roll this summer with the consumer-directed DME (CD-DME) demonstration, which carries the lofty goal of streamlining the rigmarole involved in buying a wheelchair.

Suppliers question participation of CIL with for-profit store

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04/30/2002

PORTLAND, Maine — The state's wheelchair suppliers are questioning whether Alpha One has a conflict of interest as an administrator of CMS's consumer-directed DME (CD-DME) demonstration because it owns a for-profit HME store, Alpha One Medical.

Smart money: investing OSA

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04/30/2002

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — As a cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Thomas Fogarty as seen first hand the negative effects obstructive sleep apnea and its frequent partner in crime, hypertension, can have on the human heart, making it muscle bound and inefficient.

OIG questions GALIC billing

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04/30/2002

ST. LOUIS — Nearly $43 million of the Medicare Part B administrative costs claimed by the General American Life Insurance Company (GALIC) are being questioned and recommended for disallowance, according to a recent OIG report.

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